Skip to comments.Tonya Craft Sues Accusers In $25 Million Federal Lawsuit (DukeLax style Frame backfires)
Posted on 05/24/2010 3:01:58 PM PDT by abb
Tonya Craft Sues Accusers In $25 Million Federal Lawsuit Defendants Include Parents Of Accusers, Investigators posted May 24, 2010
Tonya Craft, who was absolved of all charges of child molestation in a highly-publicized trial at Ringgold, has filed a lawsuit against her accusers in Federal Court in Rome, Ga.
The 52-page complaint asks $25 million in damages from each of the defendants.
They include parents of the children who brought charges against her, the lead detective in the case, the Catoosa County sheriff and officials who investigated the complaints.
Defendants are Sandra Lamb, Sherri and Dewayne Wilson, her former husband Joal Henke and his current wife Sarah, Kelli McDonald, Sgt. Tim Deal, Catoosa County, Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers, Suzi Thorne, Stacy Long, Laurie Evans, the Childrens Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial District and the Greenhouse Childrens Advocacy Center.
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The suit says the children who brought charges against her were coached and that the allegations were not corroborated.
It says the former Chickamauga Elementary School teacher suffered humiliation and embarrassment by the two-year ordeal.
After a trial that lasted into the fourth week, a jury in Catoosa County cleared her of 22 counts of child molestation.
The suit was filed by attorneys Scott and Cary King of Atlanta, who were part of the four-person defense team at the trial.
It says "false and malicious" statements were made against Ms. Craft, including charges that she is a sexual pervert, a criminal and a parent whose behavior was totally inappropriate.
The suit says the "extreme and outrageous conduct of defendants was designed to subvert the parental and familial relationships between the plaintiff and her family."
It says the defendants conspired "to manipulate the youngest member of plaintiff's immediate family into the role of sex abuse victim."
The complaint says charges were brought against Ms. Craft "through fraud, corruption, perjury, fabricated evidence and/or other wrongful conduct undertaken in bad faith."
The suit says she "was arrested on charges she did not commit."
It says the charges "had no reasonable basis, were not supported by probable cause and were initiated out of sheer malice on these defendants' parts."
The complaint says she suffered humiliation, outrage, indignity, conscious pain and suffering and loss of custody of her two children.
It says she also suffered mental suffering and sorrow, headaches, emotional stress, grief, anger, horror, fright, the stress and costs of legal fees and scores of court appearances, and "outright distrust of law and judicial officials."
The suit asks that the name of Tonya Renee Craft be removed from the records of any Georgia site or list of child abusers.
It asks that the court "establish a protocol to competently investigate claims of sexual abuse, which includes corroborating information and/or competent forensic evaluation" and "establish a protocol to competently conduct investigatory interviews of children concerning possible sexual abuse which specifically requires video taped interviews and avoids adult interviewer sexualization of the interview, use of leading questions, multiply repeated questions, disconfirmation, and anatomically detailed dolls."
It asks that agencies "competently train and supervise their employees to enable them to effectively investigate claims of sexual abuse and interview children that have alleged sexual abuse in keeping with the established protocol."
The complaint says there was "development of a program of indoctrination of the minor children into the role of sex abuse victims despite significant evidence that sex abuse never happened."
It says there was "constant emotional pressure akin to torture upon the minor children under the guise of 'therapy' to coerce them to 'remember' - adopt and rehearse defendants' version of their statements in the Suzie Thorne, Stacy Long, Tim Deal and Laurie Evans interviews."
The suit says Ms. Craft now lives in Soddy Daisy and the Henkes live in Ooltewah.
It says Ms. Lamb lives at Ringgold and the Wilsons in Rossville. Ms. McDonald is from Chickamauga.
Ms. Thorne is employed by the GreenHouse Childrens Advocacy Center and Ms. Long and Ms. Evans by the Childrens Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial District in Fort Oglethorpe.
The suit says on May 19, 2008, Ms. Lamb reported in a phone call to state social worker that her minor daughter had been involved in "child-on-child sexual touching" with Ms. Craft's daughter, who is two years younger. It says Ms. Craft was not implicated "despite repeated and suggestive questioning in which Ms. Craft was continually mentioned by name" by Ms. Lamb.
It says four days later, during a last-day-of-school party at the Wilson home, Ms. Wilson noticed that a minor child used sidewalk chalk to write "sex and kissing xoxoxo" in six-inch letters. It says Ms. Wilson called the child's parents, who came to her home and had a detailed discussion in which the Wilsons "made numerous false and derogatory comments" about Ms. Craft.
The complaint says the parents afterward began "repeatedly and suggestively" questioning their children about inappropriate touching.
It says one of the children made a statement about inappropriate touching "after hours and/or days of such inappropriate questioning."
The complaint says one of the children was then interviewed by Ms. Long and she said she knew about the touching because "My momma told me."
It says another child told Sgt. Deal, "My momma told me which is which and where they touched me."
The complaint says Tonya Craft's children were then removed from her custody and placed with the Henkes.
It says the Henkes began to "suggestively question" her daughter.
The suit says Sarah Henke had showered with the daughter and shaved her genital area while in the shower with her.
It says such actions "were psychologically devastating to" the girl.
There have been a number of these false charges. It is good to see someone hit back hard.
On cases like this is it an all or nothing win or can she win against some defendants but not all?
I hope this case is publicized enough to make future cases of such false accusation very rare.
You go girl!! Hit them back in the pocketbook, it’s the only thing they’ll understand. I wonder what amount the Duke Lacrosse team is asking.
If Craft’s allegations are proven correct....I hope she collects all from the people she is suing. False accusations of this magnitude are devastating.....Craft has zero chance of getting a job anywhere....even with the acquittal
Sounds like Janet Reno in Miami before she worked for Clinton with Grant Snowden and the b**ch who Scott Brown beat with the Amiraults.
Hillary was big on all of this. I am not sure what the angle was? Usually it is money or headlines about lesbian prosecutors protecting children.
Hillary & Reno just burn them to death to protect them. It takes napalm, tanks and delta force to save a village.
Defendants are Sandra Lamb, Sherri and Dewayne Wilson, her former husband Joal Henke and his current wife Sarah, Kelli McDonald, Sgt. Tim Deal, Catoosa County, Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers, Suzi Thorne, Stacy Long, Laurie Evans, the Childrens Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial District and the Greenhouse Childrens Advocacy Center
I hope she bankrupts each and every one of them, takes their homes and wipes them out. This was a coordinated attack to ruin her life - turn-about is fair play.
It was a Frameup. They made up stuff to try and convict her.
And that’s a fact.
I hope she gets her due and bks the whole lot of them after sucking them dry. This situation is played out more than most want to admit, guilt by accusation or the current day scarlet letter. Fortunately we are beyond the Salem Witch trial eras or she would have been convicted.
She may have better pics out there, but I'd guess she has suppressed anything suggestive, seductive, attractive, or otherwise worth looking at in that sense.
dittos to that. slam ‘em hard.
That’s Natalie Merchant, formerly of 10,000 Maniacs, now a solo act.
Thanks God the jury was smart enough to see through this, most times the defendant doesn’t have the resources to put on a decent defense. Duke, McMartin and a few others managed to beat the odds but most didn’t. Plus a lot of these accusers make out pretty well, just look at Crystal Magnum.
Sounds like fair play to me, and it will take just one of the defendants to roll on the others to sink 'em all. Poor odds for the defendants.
Oops, sorry. I must have misread the link I stole it from.
BTW, thank you for the correction.
And I hope this gal takes everyone involved to the cleaners. These kind of made-up prosecutions involving coached kids have ruined a lot of lives, and it’s how Janet Reno made her name. We don’t need any more of that sort of thing.
My question is “Who has the deep pockets?” The answer is the State, and the taxpayers will pay for this. Voters should make certain that all those involved are tossed from office and/or fired from positions.
I see disbarment for lawyers. I see criminal charges. I see plea deals for testimony.
Unlike Durham and North Carolina, this bunch won’t be able to hang together, so therefor they will hand separately.